Peter Szaunig was born in 1933 in Kronstadt/Brasov in Romania. After graduating in engineering, he studied music pedagogy and pianoforte at the Bucharest Conservatory, where he attented the masterclass of Silvia Șerbescu. Parallel to his didactic activity as piano teacher at the musical Gymnasium at Hermannstadt, he regularly performed in concerts with the State Philharmonic Orchestra in the same city. Since 1968 he carried an intense journalistic activity asa music critic and essayist, writing for German und Romanian newspapers and magazines.
As a composer, Szaunig wrote incidental music for the Theatres of Hermannstadt. After his emigration to Germany in 1973, he composed variousscores: one has to notice the homage for Rudolf Wagner-Régeny,Fugato and Passacaglia for piano (2003).
Szaunig is a member of the Composers Union of Romania (since 1965), a member of EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association-German Section), and a founder member of the council for the South-East region of the Institute for East German music of Bergisch Gladbach, today the Institute for Musical Culture in Eastern Europe. He was responsible for the section Plattenanthologie and worked on six CDs with works of less known composers from the South-Eastern European area (Anton Schöndlinger, Ernst von Albrecht, Henrik Neugeboren, Valentin Greff Backfark, Waldemar von Bausznern). In 2003 he recorded on CD the complete piano work by Rudolf Wagner Régeny, writing also the text and work analysis in the booklet.
Szaunig is the inventor and co-founder of the competition-festival of composition Carl Filtsch in Hermannstadt/Sibiu (1995), also president of the international jury (see the documented bilingual volume Ten Years Carl FiltschFestival, 1995–2005, signed by Szaunig in 2005). In addition he wrote in 2007 a trilingual monography about Carl Filtsch.
Since 2008 he has been living in Bamberg.
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